Some night-time notes:
– Things are falling apart at Mississippi State, where the Bulldogs have lost five in a row, including that 13-point halftime lead over Kentucky last week. Bulldog forward Arnett Moultrie aired his complaints today. “Everybody’s got their own agendas,” he said.
– Despite what Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said Saturday, I would be surprised to see him in a UK uniform next season.
– First, assistant coach Tee Martin leaves for USC. Now Ridge Wilson is dismissed after being arrested on drug trafficking charges. This could not have been the off-season that Joker Phillips wanted.
– On a happier note, Pat Washington was officially named wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator today. From UK’s official release: “In 2009-11, Washington coached the running backs at Southern Mississippi. His deep backfield played a key role in Southern Miss’ Conference USA championship in 2011. Four different backs notched 100-yard rushing games during the season. Southern Miss led the league and ranked 20th in the nation in rushing with 205.1 yards per game. Overall, the Golden Eagles ranked 17th in the nation in total offense and 14th in scoring offense.
“Washington had accepted a position at East Carolina as run game coordinator and outside receivers coach in January before coming to UK. All totaled, Washington’s 25-year coaching career features 18 bowl appearances.”
Why did Washington leave Southern Miss for East Carolina? Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora left to become the head coach at North Carolina.
– Ryan White of Trinity, considered one of the state’s top five football prospects for 2013, has picked Louisville over UK.
– Kentucky won its 45th SEC basketball title on Saturday, but Kansas has the longest consecutive conference title streak in the country at eight. Eammon Brennan of espn.com writes: “Saturday’s win sealed Kansas’s share of the 2012 Big 12 regular-season title. This feat marks the eighth straight time Kansas has won at least a share its conference regular-season championship. After Saint Mary’s strong finish in the West Coast Conference, which felled Gonzaga’s bid at an 11th straight WCC title, KU’s mark is now the longest active win streak in the country. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the next-longest are, or were, Xavier’s five-year run in the A-10 (which is coming to an end this week) and Murray State and Belmont’s three-year runs in the OVC and A-Sun, respectively.”
– Josh Harrellson, who was at the UK-Vandy game on Saturday, has been cleared to practice for the Knicks. Jorts has been out with a broken wrist.
– David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that SEC athletic directors will get together Tuesday and Wednesday to try and hammer out a long-term solution to football scheduling under the conference’s new 14-team membership.
“There has never been a meeting I’ve attended that has dealt in huge potential swings like this,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told Paschall. “With the 2012 schedule, it was like, ‘Fellows, here it is. This was the best we could do, and we’ve got to suck it up for a year.’ This will have more thought, and there will be more moving pieces. There will be more concerns, and I am sure you will hear four ADs speaking passionately about rivalries that need to be maintained.”
As it stands now, Mississippi State is Kentucky’s “permanent” opponent out of the SEC West. Right now, teams play all six opponents within the division and just two from the opposite division. With the one permanent opponent, that just leaves one spot open for one other team. That means a school like Kentucky would play host to an Alabama or an LSU just once every dozen years. During that same time span, the Cats would play host to Mississippi State six times. Will the ADs want to keep that model?
– UK baseball, from UK Athletics, “Off to a 6-0 start to the season for the first time since 2008, the Kentucky baseball team returns to its homestand, hosting Morehead State and Xavier in a pair of midweek tilts, facing the Eagles at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday and the Musketeers on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.”
– Angelina Jolie’s leg, which she displayed prominently during her turn presenting at the Oscars, now has its own twitter account.
– Bruce Springsteen is on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Just so you know.